THRIVE Leadership Academy

Michele Lewis (Director of Student Services & Federal Programs), Russ Sherrill (Principal, Springhill Elementary), Tami Edwards (Principal, Collegeville Elementary), and Angela Mask (Principal, Bryant Elementary) and are attending the first session of Arkansas THRIVE Leadership Academy. The Academy is a multi-day training program for Arkansas educators focusing on helping school leaders create, support, and promote positive behavior and mental health within their schools.

Participants from across Arkansas are learning about preventative techniques, strategies for de-escalation, and tactics to provide positive support. These topics include learning how to recognize internal and external biases about behavior, identifying signs of stress or trauma that may have effects on student's behavior, and learning how to build and support an internal behavioral team that will reach the needs of every student.

We are thankful for these district leaders and their commitment to help support positive behavior and mental health in our district and schools. To learn more about AR Thrive Academy go to